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Korean Robot Will Toss Your Salad

Watch this humanoid robot from Korea make a cucumber salad with a GIANT KNIFE

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Korean Robot Will Toss Your Salad

This is CIROS, a household service robot from the Korean Institute of Science and Technology, and it's going to take that giant knife right there and use it to whip up a big fat cucumber salad for you while definitely not stabbing any puny human meatbags.

You might be saying to yourself, "cucumbers and dressing? What kind of crummy salad is that!" But we're confident that whatever cucumber slicing and salad dressing algorithms this robot is employing have been painstakingly optimized on a supercomputer to result in the best tasting salad ever. Plus, it's made with robot luvin'.

In addition to making a salad, CIROS can recognize different kitchen appliances and a variety of household objects. It can perform tasks like pouring tea and other drinks for people (without spilling anything), and can even do the dishes, which is a skill that I would personally pay big money for.

Here's some additional footage of previous generations of CIROS, featuring a surprise appearance by ex-President George W. Bush, who, when presented in this context, totally looks like a robot:

And there we go, folks. Not even one dirty joke about salad tossing or cucumber sizes or anything. You're welcome.

[ KIST ] via [ Gizmag ]

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof

In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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